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Houston H.S. Football Player Dies

August 18, 2001

HOUSTON (AP) _ A 14-year-old Lamar High School football player collapsed during practice Saturday and died after being rushed to a hospital, the Houston Independent School District said.

Leonard Carter collapsed around 11:15 a.m. and died nearly two hours later at Texas Children’s Hospital. An autopsy is planned, the school district said.

Firefighter Cory Cannella said paramedics were on the scene within a minute.

Midday temperatures in Houston were in the high 80s and low 90s with high humidity.

The boy’s death comes a day after 15-year-old Steven Taylor died after returning home from a morning football practice at Luling High School near San Antonio.

Preseason football deaths have received added attention this year after Minnesota Vikings All-Pro offensive tackle Korey Stringer died Aug. 1 from heatstroke, after the second day of training camp in Mankato, Minn.

Autopsy results are pending for Taylor and aren’t expected until later this week, Travis County Justice of the Peace Garland Grice said.

Taylor had no history of any medical conditions, said James Matthews, Luling High School’s principal.

Taylor was unconscious and not breathing when authorities went to his home Friday morning after receiving a 911 call from his mother. He was taken to Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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